Wordcamp SF

Those of you who are using WordPress blogs might want to consider attending WordCamp San Francisco, which will be held Saturday, May 1, at Mission Bay Conference Center (UCSF) in San Francisco.

It’s just $50 for a full day’s worth of program sessions on blogging, WordPress blogs, social media and such … plus a great BBQ lunch and plenty of swag, including a swell T-shirt. (BTW, I’ll be there.)

Here’s where to find out more.


Meet the reporters

The Berkeley Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists is sponsoring “Meet the Reporters: A Lively Discussion” on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 12-2 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Northgate Library. Interested students are welcome to attend.

Established in 1975, NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more than 4,100 members. It provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.

Instructor’s Note: This meeting is a good candidate for your upcoming “Real News Reporting” assignment, as well as an opportunity to hear from and meet with some reporters. You can attend this session, takes notes/quotes, and write it up as a hard news story, or take a more feature-style approach by perhaps focusing on (by interviewing) one of the speakers.

Extra credit opportunity

Here’s your chance to attend a great panel discussion featuring four top investigative journalists…and earn extra credit for writing a news story about it!

The Event: An Investigative Journalism Panel hosted by the SJSU School of Journalism

When: Tuesday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m.

Where: The University Room in the Student Union

Details: This event will provide students with an opportunity to interact with noted journalists and gain insight from professionals in the field. Guest panelists include Dave Willman, Mark Katches, Lance Williams and Bert Robinson. For more information about the panelists and the program, check out this post on the The JMC Journal blog.

The Extra Credit Part: You can earn up to 25 points extra credit. To earn top points, write this piece as a hard news story or news feature. Make it approximately 250-300 words. Focus on the key points made by the panelists, and include one or two quotes. You may also want to get a comment or two from those in attendance.

Consider this an excellent opportunity to practice your news writing skills while earning some extra credit.

Journalism Days

Want to find out how California’s newspapers are evolving, and how you might find a newspaper internship (or job)? Then consider attending a Journalism Day in Northern California. Here are the sites and dates:

Monterey: Feb. 16
Fresno: March 1
Chico: March 8
Modesto: March 15
Auburn: March 15

Journalism Days are produced by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn. (CNPA), in cooperation with local newspapers, college journalism programs and regional journalism associations. At Journalism Days, you can meet newspaper pros in a casual setting and talk shop with students from other schools.

And if you go and write a blog post about it, it’s worth extra credit! (Note: there will be other extra credit opportunities this semester.)
The price is $15 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, go to http://www.cnpa.com/outreach/index.htm.